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01-28-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,620
Posted By jpescatore

I've been using ATV for Zwift for3 years now,...

I've been using ATV for Zwift for3 years now, very solid way to go. Although, do agree the ATV remote sucks but if you use the Zwift companion app, you really don't need to use the ATV remote at all...
01-24-22, 06:31 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,595
Posted By jpescatore

Back in 2017, I made a deal with myself - lost 20...

Back in 2017, I made a deal with myself - lost 20 lbs and buy a carbon bike that would be 10 lbs lighter than my 20 year old Trek 520 steel bike. Bought a Domane and I love that bike, rally caused me...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
01-22-22, 05:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 626
Posted By jpescatore

I ran across a CycleBlaze journal by a guy who...

I ran across a CycleBlaze journal by a guy who just posted his 2016 ride from VA Beach down along the Outer Banks - here (https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/outerbanks/a-fall-reminiscence/).
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
01-08-22, 05:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,182
Posted By jpescatore

The email didn't mention closing any stores, or...

The email didn't mention closing any stores, or any stores not being owned by Trek, so I assume the answer is all will be owned by Trek.

I once had two two touring cyclists stay with me a few...
12-10-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,881
Posted By jpescatore

Back in 2012, at age 55, I had a complete...

Back in 2012, at age 55, I had a complete thickness full tear of my rotator cuff. When they did an MRI that finally figured that out the surgeons I went to said "Oooh, and there is retraction, too"...
12-06-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,630
Posted By jpescatore

I've been loving my Kuat for 3 years now, many...

I've been loving my Kuat for 3 years now, many long distance trips along with local travel.
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
11-22-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 869
Posted By jpescatore

The White's Ferry Impasse

Did a short ride on the C&O Canal Towpath from Sycamore Landing to White's ferry and back, about 17 miles between mile markers 27 and 35.

Haven't done that section in a long time - it is a pretty...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
10-30-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,655
Posted By jpescatore

Definitely cool and mostly sunny for me! I...

Definitely cool and mostly sunny for me!

I uploaded the first day's ride to ReLive, so an animation of that ride is here (https://www.relive.cc/view/vAOZzWwPRyO).
Forum: Touring
10-25-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 609
Posted By jpescatore

Two Day GAP Tour: Pittsburgh PA to Cumberland MD

My bike and I took Amtrak from Washington DC to Pittsburgh PA, then my bike took me to Cumberland MD over 2 days. Then, my wife took the bike and me to Deep Creek Lake for a wet but fun weekend with...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
10-25-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,655
Posted By jpescatore

Riding the GAP: Pittsburgh PA to Cumberland MD in 2 Days

My bike and I took Amtrak from Washington DC to Pittsburgh PA, then I rode back to Cumberland over 2 days - where my wife met me and we had a fun filled but wet weekend at Deep Creek Lake.
...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,259
Posted By jpescatore

One thing to remember on those elevation profiles...

One thing to remember on those elevation profiles is that they often (maybe always) show a sharp uphill when a trail goes through a tunnel, because the elevation of what the tunnel goes under is what...
09-30-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,032
Posted By jpescatore

It sounds like this only happens when braking on...

It sounds like this only happens when braking on a curve downhill, so only when going faster around a curve than you would go when turning on the flats and not braking?

Using the front brake on...
09-29-21, 05:54 AM
Replies: 3,518
Views: 402,968
Posted By jpescatore

I replace my helmets when the thin plastic shell...

I replace my helmets when the thin plastic shell starts to deteriorate, usually lasts more than 5 years. Would replace if had an impact.

For my last helmet, about 5 years ago now, I bought into...
09-28-21, 05:46 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 5,755
Posted By jpescatore

I eschewed cycling shorts (padded or unpadded)...

I eschewed cycling shorts (padded or unpadded) for many years but when I started touring I bought a cheap pair, mainly because the material is easy to wash and squeeze out and have it dry quickly. I...
Forum: Touring
09-16-21, 04:43 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,259
Posted By jpescatore

Great trip, great writeup. A friend who...

Great trip, great writeup.

A friend who lives in Columbus and I planned out doing Cleveland back to Columbus a few years ago but a stationary front sat over the route for a week and flooded much...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 05:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 963
Posted By jpescatore

Some of it depends on how sensitive you are to...

Some of it depends on how sensitive you are to bike "feel" - I have a touring bike, a road bike and now a "gravel" bike (that replaced the touring bike) that have different geometries. But, by...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 05:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 828
Posted By jpescatore

I'm a chubby thigh guy and had a chafing problem...

I'm a chubby thigh guy and had a chafing problem with my old saddle bag - ruined two pairs of expensive biking shorts.

The Topeak Aero Wedge Bob Ross showed had enough storage volume (I think I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 03:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 684
Posted By jpescatore

Ditto the above advice (especially about trying...

Ditto the above advice (especially about trying out loaner saddles) and I'd add: don't automatically equate "hard as rocks" with uncomfortable. Like mattresses, I've found over the years that well...
Forum: Touring
09-01-21, 05:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 940
Posted By jpescatore

Back in 2019 my wife and I did a supported trip...

Back in 2019 my wife and I did a supported trip on about 130 miles of the D&L trail from Glen Summit to Washington Crossing, and then back up the NJ side to Lumberton. I created a Cycleblaze journal...
08-18-21, 04:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 669
Posted By jpescatore

If the two day 160 mile ride means roughly two 80...

If the two day 160 mile ride means roughly two 80 days and you have been doing some 50+ mile rides, you should be fine. Think of an 80 mile ride as a 25 mile ride after a rest stop at 55 miles!
...
08-16-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,790
Posted By jpescatore

Not only that, but Trek also has an Emonda model...

Not only that, but Trek also has an Emonda model line!
08-16-21, 05:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By jpescatore

Simpsons Biker Bar Video Clip

Obviously some serious cyclists on the Simpsons show/s writing staff very funny clip here.
Forum: Touring
08-15-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,718
Posted By jpescatore

Whether to start in the north or south would...

Whether to start in the north or south would mostly be driven by what time of year you were going to be on the road - whether you were aiming to avoid the heat in the south or cold in the north. As...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
08-13-21, 03:56 AM
Replies: 8,129
Views: 635,712
Posted By jpescatore

You're right - really does get dusty - but boy...

You're right - really does get dusty - but boy did it improve the ride! Much more GAP-like - I'll take having to wipe down the bike and chain at the end of the day as the downside...

College Park...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
08-07-21, 04:32 AM
Replies: 8,129
Views: 635,712
Posted By jpescatore

Yesterday I did a few loops where I go down NH to...

Yesterday I did a few loops where I go down NH to 198, then downhlll to Firestone. Then up Firestone, through Hampshire Greens to Ednor. Then over to Alexander Manor and through that development to...
Forum: Touring
08-02-21, 05:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,454
Posted By jpescatore

We are going to be up in Burlington VT towards...

We are going to be up in Burlington VT towards the end of August and have 2 rides planned that come close to your specs:

Burlington to North Hero (Hero's Welcome lunch place) - we did this on the...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-29-21, 04:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 626
Posted By jpescatore

I haven't done DC to Annapolis for years but a...

I haven't done DC to Annapolis for years but a recent alternative is the route the East Coast Greenway takes - look here (https://www.greenway.org/states/maryland). It is not the direct route as it...
07-27-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,975
Posted By jpescatore

Yes, many years ago when I was a kid and my...

Yes, many years ago when I was a kid and my father knew one of the officers. Pretty much all the good bikes were sold before the official sale, so I got a a pretty good bike for $25.

Today, maybe...
07-27-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,635
Posted By jpescatore

If you search for "cycling shoes" online you will...

If you search for "cycling shoes" online you will get mostly shoes that require special pedals on your bike. You can still use them, you will just not put on the cleats and you will pay more for them...
07-27-21, 05:24 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,046
Posted By jpescatore

Around here (Maryland) deer are rampant and...

Around here (Maryland) deer are rampant and evolution does not yet seemed to have convinced deer to look both ways before they cross the road. A few years ago a deer tried to leap over our car (which...
07-20-21, 06:13 AM
Replies: 389
Views: 13,838
Posted By jpescatore

Another YMMV situation, but here is what worked...

Another YMMV situation, but here is what worked for me: I could lose some weight just by adding exercise, but it was impossible to maintain.

More simplified math with lots of generalization:...
07-20-21, 05:42 AM
Replies: 389
Views: 13,838
Posted By jpescatore

First, the disclaimer: Everyone's Mileage Varies ...

First, the disclaimer: Everyone's Mileage Varies

Here's a rule of thumb I've found works for me - I used it when I lost 50 lbs to get down to my current rate of 220 lbs - at 15 mph I believe I...
07-09-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,073
Posted By jpescatore

I've had no problem with road tires on flat,...

I've had no problem with road tires on flat, straight, shallow stretches of sand on road bike tires with minimal tread on them, a la the Continental GP 5000s I use now (32mm). But, on rides with...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-05-21, 04:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 732
Posted By jpescatore

Indian Head MD Rail Trail Deja Vu All Over Again

On Saturday, my wife I drove down to White Plains MD and rode one of our favorite Maryland rail trails - the Indian Head Rail Trail...
06-18-21, 04:13 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,078
Posted By jpescatore

Two years ago I bought a Jamis Renegade with a 1x...

Two years ago I bought a Jamis Renegade with a 1x SRAM drivetrain, I love it. I use my road bike for most hilly rides, the Jamis is for gravel/trails and light touring. But had an extended period of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-21, 05:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,396
Posted By jpescatore

The low end is limited by pinch flats - depending...

The low end is limited by pinch flats - depending on the width of the rim and size of the tires, go too low and hit a bump and the tube gets squashed between the tire and both sides of the rim and...
06-16-21, 04:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,450
Posted By jpescatore

Lotta variables beyond aging. How you handled the...

Lotta variables beyond aging. How you handled the heat/humidity from a drinking/eating/rest perspective is one. I'm 64 - the hardest ride I've ever done was a flat century ride when I was about 35....
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 04:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,092
Posted By jpescatore

Sorry to hear about that. Back in Jan 2020 I did...

Sorry to hear about that. Back in Jan 2020 I did 4 days of biking from Venice FL to Jacksonville that included a lot of biking on 17 - I hated almost every mile. Very high speed traffic, there was...
05-24-21, 04:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 743
Posted By jpescatore

I've had that happen a few times in the 5 years...

I've had that happen a few times in the 5 years I've been on Zwift. I use Apple TV and it does seem to be more likely to happen after an update to the Zwift software.

Usually, one of these two...
05-24-21, 04:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,069
Posted By jpescatore

I swing as far left (US centric...) as possible,...

I swing as far left (US centric...) as possible, and turn my head away when I'm passing anyone mowing their lawn or whacking their weeds - and give out a Thanks wave whenever they see me and are nice...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-20-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 749
Posted By jpescatore

Four County 82 mile ride

I did my annual (well, not in 2020) bike ride from our house to friends' house in Lusby MD, crossing Montgomery, Prince Georges, Anne Arundel and Calvert County. Beautiful weather for the ride, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,869
Posted By jpescatore

I prefer the way Phil Gaimon's version...

I prefer the way Phil Gaimon's version (https://philthethrill.net/the-new-rules-of-cycling-aka-philuminati/) of the rules cover it:

Rule #2: Wear whatever the hell you want.
05-05-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,511
Posted By jpescatore

Situation dependent - if it looks like a short...

Situation dependent - if it looks like a short rise or just a wind guys, I just grind harder. Looks like a hill or I've turned into a headwind, go down a gear or two.

In general, I've had a bad...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-21, 04:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 823
Posted By jpescatore

First check that your pads are centered around...

First check that your pads are centered around the rotor - easy to do yourself, many YouTube videos show how. I don't rubbing often from my disc brakes, but every time except 1 this fixed it.

The...
05-04-21, 04:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 770
Posted By jpescatore

CycleBlaze (https://www.cycleblaze.com)is a site...

CycleBlaze (https://www.cycleblaze.com)is a site where a wide range of touring cyclists post tour journals. During the pandemic year, new ones slowed down but people started uploading their older...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,284
Posted By jpescatore

I've used both, for a while had the pay version...

I've used both, for a while had the pay version of both. Decided paying for Strava and not paying for RWGPS gave me the best mix of ride analysis and route planning.

I find Strava useful when I'm...
04-28-21, 05:32 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,059
Posted By jpescatore

Around here, the Brood X year is to other years...

Around here, the Brood X year is to other years as the roar of a leaf blower is to the buzzing of a bee.
04-28-21, 04:24 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,059
Posted By jpescatore

I don't remember much of a problem biking when...

I don't remember much of a problem biking when they last hit us here in MD in 2014. They were mostly a noise issue and then a crunchy shell on the road issue towards the end - seemed to mostly be...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,466
Posted By jpescatore

All of the above - last summer I drove to a ride...

All of the above - last summer I drove to a ride start and forgot to bring gloves. I missed the sweat/snot wiping the most because of how hot it was, and luckily didn't need the skin protection but...
04-15-21, 05:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,914
Posted By jpescatore

Yesterday was an example of why I haven't paused...

Yesterday was an example of why I haven't paused Zwift in a while - rained all day, Tour de Watopia Stage 4 was scheduled at the perfect time for me - 26 mile hilly ride instead of 0 miles.
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